An Ohio couple, Danielle Simko and Charles Dowdy, was charged with child endangerment after authorities found their 8-year-old-son unresponsive with opiates in his system in January of this year. According to officials, the couple called 911 after they realized their child was no longer breathing.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office also reported that the couple was also charged with three counts of drug possession.
After they placed the call on January 11, emergency responders rushed the child to Southwest General hospital. Medical professionals discovered the presence of benzos and opiates including Xanax, fentanyl and heroin in his system.
“Mr. Dowdy and his family are facing some difficult problems at this time,” said Dowdy’s attorney, Tim Riley, in a statement to CNN. “The most important thing is his son is safe and now the family can begin to confront the issues facing them.”
The couple was arraigned on February 17, where they pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge set a $150,000 bond on the condition that the parents are not allowed to have any contact with their child.
During the 911 call, Dowdy sad that he didn’t think that his child could breathe and that his lips were turning blue.
“I think he was sleeping, and I think what happened is he rolled over, and I don’t think he could breathe,” Dowdy told the dispatcher. “I think he was like in the pillow, and he was like suffocated.”
When paramedics arrived on the scene, they found Dowdy performing CPR on his child before rushing the 8-year-old boy to the hospital in a squad car after finding a pulse. According to authorities, Dowdy said that his son was 7 years old to the dispatcher.
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